Rubio On Trump Saying ‘China’ Should Investigate Biden: ‘I Don’t Think It’s A Real Request’
Marco Rubio (R-FL) talks to members of the media as he leaves after a closed briefing on the airstrikes against Syria by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Joe Dunford April 7, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
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On Friday, a reporter asked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) about President Trump’s comment that China should investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.

“Do you think it’s okay for President Trump to ask China to launch an investigation of Joe Biden and Hunter Biden?” the reporter asked.

Rubio replied:

I don’t know if that’s a real request or him just needling the press knowing that you guys were gonna get outraged by it. He’s pretty good at getting everybody fired up, and he’s been doing it for a while now, and the media responded right on task.

The same reporter then asked: “But you’re one of the loudest critics of China and its human rights abuses. I mean, is it okay for him to ask, to say that?”

“I don’t think it’s a real – again, I think he did it to get you guys,” Rubio responded. “I think he did it to provoke you to ask me and others, and to get outraged by it. Like I said, he plays it like a violin and everyone falls right into it. I don’t think it’s a real request.”

Following Rubio’s comments, many on social media dragged the senator.

Author and CNN host S.E. Cupp tweeted: “It’s no small thing that a US Senator and member of Trump’s own party admits he doesn’t take the what the President of the United States says seriously, and suggests the American press does so foolishly. Just chew on that.”

Talk radio host and senior columnist for Mediaite John Ziegler tweeted: “You are a DISGRACE, a coward, and a fraud. I am ashamed I ever supported you for President, or even Senator.”

Some defended Rubio.

One America News Network’s (OANN) Liz Wheeler tweeted: “Senator @MarcoRubio right on the mark… @realDonaldTrump was needling the liberal press who fall for it every time. LOL.”

Rubio responded to the backlash on Twitter, writing that he wasn’t going to be played:

You can keep getting played, but I wont. I’ll focus on dignified work, collapsing families & communities, China’s plan to overtake us etc; the issues facing the millions of people who don’t spend all day hyperventilating about what’s on twitter or the news.

On Thursday, standing before a gaggle of press outside the White House, the president said: “China should start an investigation into the Bidens because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.”

When asked if he’d spoken with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Trump added:

I haven’t, but it’s certainly something we can start thinking about because I’m sure that President Xi does not like being on that kind of scrutiny where billions of dollars is taken out of his country by a guy that just got kicked out of the Navy. He got kicked out of the Navy – all of a sudden, he’s getting billions of dollars. You know what they call that? They call that a payoff.

This comment from the president has added fuel to the ongoing impeachment efforts that are backed by numerous Democratic lawmakers.